I know that a lot of genres get used and abused. It's bad enough when fans misclassify your Beatles tribute band as heavy metal due to the neverending feedback and your guitarist's badly clipping SS amp. But it's even worse when musos do it. The genre I see most severely abused is shoegaze. It's not just the amount of misuse, it's also the severity. It's not just frequently abused, it's routinely used to describe things that are nearly antonyms. For example, at rehearsal tonight while we're waiting for LG to show up we get a jam going. Real open, spacey, clean, quiet thing. Something that Deathcab for Cutie would want to play. And our drummer gets all excited that it's a great 'shoegaze' groove. Now, I'm not gonna object to saying that this band has a shoegaze influence. It's there, if subtle. But I'm wondering if I need to have an intervention with this guy before we get an interview with Pitchfork and he tells them that our two biggest shoegaze influences are Tegan & Sara and Deathcab. Before our last show the opening band told their followers to 'get on their dancing/shoegazing shoes' and come out. Unless they were trying a sly jab at the fan base I can't imagine why you'd say that. They weren't playing music that could remotely be described as shoegaze and I doubt they intended to make fun of paying customers (do they even know what 'shoegazing' refers to?) so I have to assume genre abuse. So four questions. (1) Should I stage an intervention with my drummer before he tells the world that Tegan & Sara is our favorite shoegaze band? (2) How should I intervene. Should I just hand him a few CDs? MBV, Slowdive, APTBS and say 'this is shoegaze'. He's a fan of M83, should I explain to him that their older material is why they're considered shoegazers? E-mail him Run Into Flowers and say 'this is shoegaze'. What's the best way to intervene? (3) Do you agree that shoegaze is the most abused genre? (4) Any good stories about other genres being abused?